Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Whitsend.org feature called the Odyssey Times. Originally published around February of 2002.
The town council voted 4-1 to create a committee to investigate the ethics of the ethics committee after intense debate. The ethics committee has been under suspicion lately after an investigative Odyssey Times article exposed that the committee has only discussed ethics twice in the last two years.
The council debate mainly involved Ryan Porath arguing that the ethics committee should be trusted to investigate itself, while Candice Jackson argued with equal intensely that a “non-biased third party must be appointed.” The debate proved to be the most passionate since the council argued about creating the original ethics committee two years ago.
The Investigation into the Practices of the Ethcial Committee (IPEC) will be nominated at the next town council meeting and will be required to give an annual report. Porath commented after the meeting that he wouldn’t be surprised if the council were electing an Investigation into the Practices of the Ethcial Committee that Investigates the Practices of the Ethical Committee (IPECIPEC) next year
Local media company Novacom Broadcasting announced yesterday its plan to begin donating computer hardware to institutions around Odyssey. The company says the donations are to improve the community and get them up to date technology-wise. “In the modern age that we live in, it’s important for everyone to have access to the latest technology,” says Arthur Dent, general manager of Novacom.
One of the biggest donations consists of more than thirty computers for the Odyssey public school system. “At Novacom, we encourage children to do their absolute best in school. And we want them to have the absolute best tools to work on,” says Dent. The computers are Promax 2000s, capable of running advanced graphics, animation, and sound manipulation programs. An additional lab was added to the Middle School library to accommodate the machines.
The donation has encouraged other local businesses to contribute to Odyssey schools. Edwin Blackgaard announced that he would be performing Hamlet for students in the next month and handing out free signed photographs of himself. Bart Rathbone said that he would donate all of his damaged merchandise to the science department to use for experimentation.